Research Associate- Marson Lab

San Francisco, CA, United States
Feb 14, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

Marson Lab


The Marson lab is recruiting a Research Associate (RA) to help perform in vivo experiments in mouse models of immunotherapies and assist with the management of the mouse colony used for ongoing multidisciplinary cellular engineering projects. Our lab has pioneered the application of novel genetic engineering technologies such as CRISPR to primary human immune cells (Schumann et al., PNAS 2015). These new technical abilities have furthered our labs research into the genetic underpinnings of autoimmune disease and T cell biology (Farh and Marson et al., Nature 2015), as well as opened the door to novel cancer immunotherapies based on engineered human immune cells (Roth et al., Nature 2018). In addition to cell editing, our lab integrates genomic analysis (e.g. ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq), human disease genetics, and high dimensional screening approaches for in vitro and in vivo studies of T cell function (Simeonov et al. Nature 2017; Shifrut and Carnevale et al. Cell 2018; Roth et al., Cell , 2020).

Key responsibilities:

The RA will assist with the management and maintenance of the lab's mouse colonies located at Gladstone and UCSF. Tasks require routine handling of mice.
  • Perform intravenous injections of cancer cell lines and/or immune cells.
  • Help perform experiments in murine models of cancer, autoimmunity and infections.
  • Perform in vivo imaging in cancer models (bioluminescence) .
  • Perform all colony management duties, including but not limited to injections, plug checks, post-operative care, and identification and aging of new litters.
  • Manage breeding, timed breeding, ear punching/ear tagging/tailing for genotyping, weaning, aging and sexing of pups, and euthanasia.
  • Identify and implement required care for mice with health issues and mice on special treatment (special diet, fasting, treated water).
  • Maintain a detailed mouse database, and update the mouse lines listed in the UCSF inventory database with high accuracy.
  • Administer medication/reagents orally and via subQ, IP, or IV.
  • Collect blood samples or dissect other tissues/organs for analysis.
  • Design PCR primers and perform PCR for genotyping.
  • Send out and track tail and sequencing samples for genotyping.
  • Request sperm cryopreservation.
  • Manage mouse lines with the Cre/loxP system.
  • Monitor, order, and restock consumables in the mouse room as necessary.
  • Communicate effectively with LARC personnel (animal technician, floor leader, facility supervisor, vet nurse), and with lab mouse users. Assist with any experiments using mouse models.
  • Order, transfer, and import/export mice.
  • Write and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and protocols.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

• BA/BS degree and one or more years of laboratory experience utilizing techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

• Must be able to work with mouse colonies

• Experience with general laboratory techniques, especially basic molecular and cellular biology techniques (including but not limited to DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA assembly, bacterial transformation, mammalian cell culture, etc.)

• Excellent attention to detail, organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)

• Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities

• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team

• Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines

• Ability to comply with policies and procedures

• Some evening and weekend hours are required

Preferred Qualifications:

• Prior experience with mammalian cell culture, especially T cell culture

• Prior experience with DNA sequencing technologies, including Sanger and NGS

• Prior experience with next-generation sequencing library preparations and quality control

The Marson lab is a member of the joint Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology. The Institute is committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the genomic immunology field, from trainees to faculty, and is an equal opportunity employer.

Additional Information:

  • Title and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
  • Be a part of big ideas and consider Gladstone. Your difference will make a difference in human health.
  • Gladstone is an equal opportunity employer.